Sharon Noel Jones Anaya was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Nov. 14, 1943 to Thomas Ulric Jones, Jr. and Margaret Pauline Ware. She passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma surrounded by her children.
Sharon led an incredible life. Sharon grew up in Hot Springs and Odessa, TX. She earned her general education diploma from Little Rock, Arkansas. She married Leroy Trout on March 21, 1959 in Odessa, TX at age 15. She became a mother of five by age 22, moving around the United States to Las Vegas, Garden City, KS, Long Beach and Torrence, CA, Reno, NV, and Kent, WA, before settling in Hot Springs, Arkansas where she enrolled in college for nursing and assisted in Bill Clinton’s first campaign as governor of Arkansas. She loved politics, history, and the arts, and enjoyed learning and growing in her love for them. While in Hot Springs, she served as a nurse to a horse-racing jockey named Antonio Anaya, who would later become her husband.
In January of 1974, Sharon enlisted in the Army as a nurse. She was stationed in El Paso, TX at Ft. Bliss where she received certifications for mass casualty, nursing therapy, and clinical specialist training. She earned her licensed practical nursing degree on May 12, 1975 while in the Army. She was enlisted a nurse during the Vietnam War.
On Dec. 28, 1974, Sharon married Tony Anaya, and she was honorably discharged on Jan. 7, 1977. After being discharged, they made their home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before moving to Running Springs, California in 1982. In 1983, she moved back to Hot Springs, before moving to Weatherford, Clinton and Oklahoma City while earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She settled in Sayre in 1990, where she made her home.
While living in Sayre, she often wrote for the Sayre Record and sewed stuffed animals for children in protective services. She loved gardening and sewing, and enjoyed seeing her grandchildren grow up. She was active in the community, creating an event known as “The Trash Bash,” a town-wide cleanup day. She stayed in Sayre until 2015, when she and Tony moved to Oklahoma City.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Tony, of the home; two sons, Randall Trout and wife Susan of Oklahoma City, Dennis Trout and wife Vickie of Sayre; three daughters, Belinda Ahpeatone and husband Keith of Oklahoma City, Susan Garrett and husband Robert of Crescent; Julie Trout and partner Amy Chilcote of Seattle, Washington; one sister, Linda Maestas of Moore, OK; four brothers, Michael, Patrick, Tracy, and Casey Jones, all of Hot Springs, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.